by Terry Rogers
On Monday, August 10, Colleen Davis, MSN, MBA, RN of Nemours, presented Milford City Council with an update on the progress of their new Sussex Campus. According to Davis, Nemours is on schedule to open for services on November 4, 2020.
“As you all are aware, we decided to expand services in this area based on input from patients, community leaders and physicians,” Davis said. “The new location will allow us to co-locate specialty, therapy and imaging services with our primary care and SeniorCare services. The new building is almost 40,000 square feet. We will occupy the first floor while Bayhealth plans to use the other floors for medical offices.”
Davis provided renderings of what the interior of the building would look like once it was completed. The lobby will have a community meeting room that has the capability of being divided into two smaller rooms.
“Although our associates will use the conference rooms for meetings, we do want to make it available for community groups who may need a space to meet,” Davis said. “Kaisey’s Delight opened in the lobby earlier this year and is providing food service to our contractors right now. They will also offer catering services in the building if needed. There are public bus stops on the campus as well which will make it easier for those who need to use public transportation in order to obtain services.”
SeniorCare services will also be available at the new location. The SeniorCare department will have its own entrance, eliminating the need for seniors to walk through the pediatric section of the building. Currently, Nemours expects to have 35 current staff transfer to the new location and plan to create more than 20 additional jobs in the area.
“We currently have about 10,000 patients in Kent and Sussex Counties,” Davis said. “The current pediatric population in those counties is 46,000 so we are excited to bring these services to the community.”
Davis explained that COVID-19 caused difficulties for Nemours as it did for many others throughout the state. However, the organization remained committed to complete the new building in order to open in November 2020.
“We expect to receive our Certificate of Occupancy in September,” Davis said. “That puts us right on track to open in November. We talked about a Grand Opening but have decided to put that off until spring. Hopefully, by then, the fears of COVID will be reduced or there will be a vaccine. The weather will be nicer and the top two floors of Bayhealth will be more complete.”
Nemours has made the decision to delay opening pediatric urgent care which was scheduled to open in April 2021. Davis explained that pediatric primary care, gastroenterology and SeniorCare would open in November with other services pushed back until April 2021.